Elevate your buttercream designs with inventive techniques and simple tools! Professional cake decorator Erica O'Brien is your guide as you begin by creating eye-catching brushed textures including vertical stripes and arches, and piped ombré ruffles. Then, add combed buttercream designs to your tool belt, from honeycomb effects and gorgeous plaid to impressive vertical designs. Erica will show you how to play with polka dot inlay using cutters as well as show you freehand inlay techniques. And, you'll experiment with the consistency of your buttercream for cakes with contrasting tops, poured buttercream shapes and painted looks. Plus, Erica will share her exclusive methods for achieving perfect corners when icing square cakes.
Create the most delicious Swiss, Italian and French buttercreams with step-by-step guidance from cake decorator Erica O'Brien. Start with how to make pillowy meringue as you whip up simple Swiss and dreamy Italian meringue buttercreams. Next, create a super-rich French buttercream that's perfect as a filling. You'll also discover the secrets for coloring your buttercream with confidence, and creating mouthwatering flavors from everyday ingredients. Then, you'll see how to level, tort, dam, fill and crumb coat your cakes. With your cake prepared, Erica will teach you how to smooth buttercream, for flawless icing that creates beautiful sides and a super-sharp top edge. Plus, find out how to show off your cakes with a beautiful pinstripe buttercream technique, fun rustic textures or gorgeous metallic finishes.
Evoke the delicious charm of every season using cake designer Erica O'Brien's unique techniques and cake decorating ideas. Deliver a Winter Cake with the inviting texture of a knit sweater, a classic Nordic star motif and pompoms with playful movement. Create a Spring Cake wrapped in flirty eyelet lace and blissfully accentuated by sweet potato vine leaves and cherry blossoms made from gum paste. Make a Summer Cake bursting with colorful confetti, shining with a bright gold tier and topped with Erica's signature patent leather bow. Decorate a Fall Cake with toasty, neutral colors and lace doilies accented with a sugar bouquet of eucalyptus leaves, lavender and sage. Use the skills you learn to create cakes that tap into the feel of your clients’ favorite seasons.